Monthly Archives: July 2013

BIG HAPPY v small happy

happyHere is a great article I read recently in The Huffington Post written by Nataly Kogan, Co-Founder and Chief Happiness Officer, Happier, Inc. – what a title!

In life and work I’ve always been a great believer that if a task seems too big and overwhelming, start by breaking it down into manageable sized chunks. In my experience, just this process alone brings a great sense of relief and purpose.

Have a read and let me know what you think – 3 Things I Learned About How to be Happier.


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Perfect Pho

Beef Pho from Lam Lam in Northcote

Beef Pho from Lam Lam in Northcote

It’s been very chilly in Melbourne lately. Despite the cold, life continues to set a cracking pace. So after an early start this morning, by midday I was obsessed with the idea of noodle soup to warm me and wake me up.

I headed to one of my favourite local Vietnamese restaurants, Lam Lam in High Street Northcote, for a Chicken Pho (Pho Ga). This light and fresh soup is simple, steaming goodness that works its magic from your sinuses through to your stomach. It is satisfying, healthy and cheap – perfect and reliable for a quick lunch to perk you up ready to face the second half of your day. Choose chicken, beef or a combination of the two, add beansprouts, mint, lemon and chilli to taste. It’s all sorts of yum!

I loved my lunch so much and gobbled it up savouring every slurp. Some days I can’t possibly get through all the silky rice noodles, but today was not one of those days. If I could have tipped and licked the bowl I would have – but that would have been a very bad look.

Of course in the comfort of my own dining room, such social graces are easier to overlook. So very soon I will be trying this recipe for Chicken Pho and I can guarantee not a bit will be wasted.

Have you tried pho? Where is your favourite pho restaurant? Have you tried to make it at home?

Living Life Through The Newsroom

The stellar cast of The Newsroom

The stellar cast of The Newsroom

As some of you know, my latest TV obsession is The Newsroom. I first read about this program leading up to the launch of Series 1 last year. I taped each week’s episode, but just never had the time to watch them. Eventually the recording box reached it limit and the still unwatched season of The Newsroom was deleted to make room to record something else that I probably would never get to see either.

Anyway, one day last week while I was sick I stumbled upon a re-run marathon of all the episodes which I taped and watched without delay. Ten minutes in to Episode 1 and I was hooked. And then things just got better and better.

Like millions of people around the world, I was previously a West Wing-aholic and remain a big fan of Aaron Sorkin’s storytelling. He is the master of a slow, dramatic build of the issue of the moment, told through intense dialogue between quirky and imperfect yet admirable characters. The crescendo seems to envelope everyone involved in different, compelling ways, followed by a resolution that always seems satisfyingly right – no matter your political or moral ideals.

The Newsroom has all this – scandal, romance and intrigue mixed with the unravelling of characters and relationships, and all while the audience is schooled on the social, economic and political headlines that have dominated world news in recent times.

I love the acting, particularly from Jeff Daniels (Will) and Alison Pill (Maggie) who I believe are the stand outs in a stellar, intergenerational cast.

My love of the news goes back to my youth where I dreamed of being a television journalist. I went to university, I studied media, practiced my presentation and delivery and got all the experience I could for a girl with no connections in the field.

Sadly my dream was not to be, the space filled instead with other unexpected and amazing twists and turns of life, love and adventure. But through The Newsroom I can live my dream and imagine how things might have been. So thanks Aaron Sorkin and thank you Hollywood …

PS: OK, so let me interrupt that potentially vomit-worthy ode to Hollywood to tell you that I have now watched Episodes 1 and 2 of The Newsroom Season 2 and it is great, but different. The storylines seem to be rolling over from episode to episode which is heightening the drama, relationships are changing and something’s gonna blow?! Catch up and keep watching.

In Australia The Newsroom is shown on Showcase on Foxtel or pick up the DVD of series one in store now.

Have you watched The Newsroom? What do you think?

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Show and Tell Online

Show and Tell OnlineI love it when I find a new website that brings me ideas and inspiration just when I need it.

Show and Tell Online has news, food and interviews that will make you smile and feel good.

Go to On the Couch for some great videos about fantastic women who are doing their thing and sharing their stories.

Some of these women (including co-founder of Show and Tell Online, Monty Dimond) were at Clare Bowditch’s Big Hearted Business Conference which I was lucky enough to attend earlier this year in Melbourne. This event was the true gift that keeps on giving.

I hope you enjoy Show and Tell Online.

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